Matt Doheny of Watertown, Republican candidate for New York State’s 23rd Congressional District, praised today’s Supreme Court ruling that the Constitutional right of individuals to bear arms extends to state and local levels.
“The Court majority wisely ruled that fundamental Second Amendment rights do not depend on where an American citizen lives,” Doheny said. “The ruling affirms that the Second Amendment protects against not only federal, but also any state and municipal attempts to limit that right.”
Doheny noted however, that the action would likely prompt a volley of lawsuits around the nation as lower courts determine how the new ruling impacts local gun control laws. “The Court took a huge step today in assuring our Second Amendment rights,” he said. “But all of us who hold the Second Amendment dear should closely watch how lower courts across the country apply today’s ruling.”
“I am a believer in the Second Amendment and as a member of the National Rifle Association, I am a firm believer in our right to bear arms,” the candidate states on his website (www.Doheny4Congress.org).
Today Doheny reaffirmed his pledge that as Congressman for a district that boasts a vibrant hunter and sportsmen community, he would act and vote on behalf of gun owners’ rights. New York’s 23rd District encompasses nearly 15,000 square miles, and includes some of the most outstanding mountain, wetland, and woodland habitats in the state.
Doheny is a conservative Republican who has received the endorsement of the full Republican committee in every committee of the nine endorsing counties of the district. Earlier this month the New York State Independence Party also endorsed Doheny. The Watertown investor has garnered support for his mainstream conservative positions – including less government spending, lower taxes, and repeal of the Obama/Pelosi health care bill — as well as his record of success in pulling businesses from the brink of failure and saving jobs.